What’s Mine is Mine

Can’t take it with youEverybody knowsCan’t take it with you when you go  –  Allman Brothers Band Comes a tale from the police docket of an out-of-town traveler who was stopped recently on West Main Cross Street for a traffic infraction. The driver...

MTH Releases 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone

Milepost 1043 “Most” model railroad fans really like big steam.  It doesn’t matter much if their favorite road didn’t have any monster articulateds; they will find a reason to run one or more of them.  I’m no exception… if you have...

Canadian Pacific Railroad Video

Milepost 1042 This is a very good video about Canadian railroading in the Rockies in the winter.  It’s about twenty-one minutes long but done very well.  It is set in the 1950s; the only thing that would have made it any better would be if it was done in color....

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore?  –  Carole King Many folks, me included, do not care for dramatic changes. Sure, you can argue that changes make life more interesting, but that’s a tough sell in my opinion. Over recent weeks, three...

Downturn in the Railroad Industry

Milepost 1041 From time to time, we talk about what is going on in the REAL railroad world and, according to an article I recently read, things aren’t as hot as they once were.  The chart above shows the percentage change from one year to the next of ALL freight that...

Another Project!

Milepost 1040 My friend Paul sent me a page from an old 1912 railroad maintenance manual about Van Dorn ends.  You may remember a few years ago, I got some “blanks” from my brother-in-law who is a machinist and was able to build a car with them.  Ever since...

Flashback Time…

Milepost 1039 For those of you who have been here for several years, you might think that this car looks vaguely familiar.  Well, it may well look like something you have seen in the past because way back in June of 2010 at Milepost 359 (I think), I showed a couple of...

Phone Fun Facts No. 219

I’ve got no time for you right nowDon’t bother me  –  the Beatles A young couple in a Findlay diner where sitting close to each other, engaged in deep conversation. Problem was, they each were on their individual cellphones, engaged in deep...

OK, I’m Bragging just a Little…

Milepost 1038 “I just stumbled onto your blog. It is very impressive and unique. Please keep blogging as you are in a niche market of intersecting trains, family, friends and philosophy. It is a most enjoyable read. God bless you for taking the time to share both your life...

More Pictures of the W&LE Depot in wheeling

Milepost 1037 You may remember back at Milepost 1012, I shared an old photo that showed a picture of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Depot in Wheeling, West Virginia.  This is kind of important because pictures of that station are pretty rare.  I have two books about the...